is adapted from one for the mail-order only Ian Paice 'Not
For The Pro's'. T2's 'On The Drums' is the same DVD,
smartened up for the European retail market. There is a new cover,
and an excellent full colour booklet which was previously lacking.
The DVD contents are the same. If you can play PAL discs 'On The
Drums' is certainly the one to go for.)
Thames / Thompson's Deep Purple 'New Live & Rare' collection,
'On The Drums' is a mixed bag, but the sheer volume of worthwhile
material means it gets a big thumbs up.
Paice's Drummers Guide' is a very informative 50 minute presentation,
with Ian firstly linking short films showing the construction
of everything from the drums to the drumsticks. He's both relaxed
and engaging throughout, starting off with a visit to the Pearl
drum factory in Japan (the only film in which he is seen at a
factory). He narrates the other shorts (promotional films produced
by the companies?) in a likeable manner which reminds me of children's
programmes that visit factories to show how things are made. Eminently
watchable! Live Deep Purple inserts include drum solos from Alpine
Valley in 1985 ( where Space Truckin' on the New Live & Rare
dvd came from), and Sydney 1984. The latter recording is screaming
out for a full release. Fabulous stuff.
Following on, Ian demonstrates some basic (to him maybe!) drum
rudiments in an interesting tutorial, and
covers plenty of drum and drumming topics. Much like a compilation
of answers for the less mundane questions posed at his clinics.
Ironically, a talk from Deep Purple sound man Moray Macmillan
on achieving a good live drum sound is spoilt by bad sound recording....he's
sat on an outdoor stage with the wind hitting his microphone.
two Abbey Road studio jams (recorded in 2001 with Miller Anderson
and Colin Hodgkinson) are musically very good, sounding rather
like Cyril Davies' mix of blues and jazz. The camerawork is deadly
dull ... from both angles covered. An alternative is a weird 'Retro
Mix' _ camcorder footage and low grade tv clips featuring Ian,
with the 'Paicesetter' jam as a soundtrack. The joys of choice
on the dvd format..
Roadie's Eye View tracks are neat, just a single camera set up
beside the drum kit, letting us watch Mr.Paice giving it some
on the 2001 US Tour at various outdoor venues (nb. none of the
shows are previously released). An enjoyable perspective, rather
like the player cam in Sky football matches. Ted The Mechanic,
Lazy, Knocking At Your Back Door (a rare latterday airing
on dvd) and Highway Star are presented in their entirety. Fools
is listed as a drum solo but is nothing of the sort; it's the
track's hypnotic middle section. Speed King contains a real drum
solo, and a piledriving one at that, while Monitor Problems (a
useless clip) and Dropped Drumstick are very short, and not worthy
of listing on the dvd case.
that, for me, is effectively that. Plenty to enjoy. There is more
on the disc; a rather useless three minute Australian TV report
from one of Paice & Morse's 2001 clinics, complete with commentary
and audience vox pops. The interview listed on the dvd box is
related to the clinic footage, and repeats some of it. The most
interesting chat from Ian is certainly contained in other parts
of the disc. Deservedly finishing on a plus, the onscreen menus
are clear and well presented.
past members of Deep Purple are credited as 'players' , which
is true, but could disappoint buyers expecting to see anything
beyond very brief glimpses of, for example, Hughes, Coverdale,
and Blackmore. (they are all present in a short clip of 'You Fool
No One' from the Cal Jam). So,
although the collection fizzles out at the end, there's more than
enough in the two hours for me to wholeheartedly recommend it
to all Paice fans; non-drummers, amateur drummers, and even pro's..
picture quality is for the most part absolutely fine. It
is 4:3 aspect except for the Australian TV clips, which
are slightly wider. The sound is excellent (though the Roadieview
tracks sound a little thin), with a choice between Dolby
5.1 Surround Sound and 2/0 PCM Stereo for most of the disc.
The Drums' is all regions,
and is available as PAL.
For The Pro's' (pictured below) is all regions, and
as both PAL and NTSC.